Barbara Ransby, PhD

Prof. B. Ransby

Core Faculty

Gender and Women's Studies, African American Studies & History

PhD, History
University of Michigan

Office: 1228 UH (MC 360) Phone: 312-996-3141
E-mail: bransby [at] uic [dot] edu


About Dr. Barbara Ransby

Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer, and longtime political activist. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues. She is most notably the author of an award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, (University of North Carolina, 2003). Barbara is currently working on two major research projects: a study of African American feminist organizations in the 1970s, and a political biography of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson. She serves on the editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and a number of non-profit civic and media organizations.

Professor Ransby received a BA in History from Columbia University and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Michigan.

*Selected Publications


Ella Baker & The Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson